The 22 year old, originally from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, completed the first edition of the three-stage American race in 15th place behind overall winner Trixi Worrack (Velocio-SRAM) of Germany.
Barnes’ overall position was helped by her second-place finish on Sunday’s final stage behind Canadian Leah Kirchmann (Optum), who had also won the previous day’s stage.
“It was good to start the stage race with Katie’s win in Tahoe [stage one winner and UnitedHealthcare team-mate Katie Hall], and then it was really good, aggressive racing the rest of the event so I’m proud to take the white jersey for the team,” said Barnes.
Earlier in the race, British multi-Paralympic champion Dame Sarah Storey (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours) had worn the Queen of the Mountains jersey after being in the escape throughout the opening stage but lost it to Kirsti Lay (Canadian national team) the following day.
Storey now travels to the Tour of California invitational time trial at Big Bear Lake on Friday, May 15. This stand-alone event takes place ahead of the time trial stage of the men’s Tour of California later the same day.
Highlights of stage one
Highlights of stage two
Highlights of stage three